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Someone has to ensure these clowns get away safely...

Criminals rob a bank, and realize that the police are coming. That's where the Getaway Driver comes in. It's this guy's job to come in and drive the criminals away from cops with a chase scene to follow. It's pretty much always a requirement for the guy to be a Badass Driver for the escape to be successful.

See also Gangland Drive-By, where a skilled and fast driver is also needed before and after the criminal deed is accomplished.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the manga of Sentou Yousei Yukikaze, Rei Fukai's backstory had him as this for a gang of jewel thieves. This was the crime that got him arrested and sent to Faery.

    Film - Animated 
  • In Sing, Johnny's dad wants him to be the getaway driver for a heist. The trouble is that it conflicts with the singing auditions.

    Film - Live Action 

    Video Games 
  • In the video game Dino Attack, there's Montoya behind the wheel when he took on the job of being the getaway driver during the Dacta Corp.
  • In Gangsters in Love, the main character drives a getaway car in Ash's route.
  • The Grand Theft Auto series feature the player or NPCs involved in being this in various forms.
    • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti needs a getaway driver for his Bank Robbery project. That guy is set up to be Hilary King, who Vercetti has to best in a pretty hard street race (among the hardest in the game) to recruit. Unfortunately, Hilary gets killed by SWAT teams outside the bank during the robbery, so of course it's up to Tommy to drive the team away eventually. The aforementioned hard street race was thus All for Nothing.
    • Grand Theft Auto V features single and multiplayer heists were drivers are needed to escape enemies.
  • PAYDAY: The Heist and PAYDAY 2 has a getaway driver at the end of a heist, though sometimes the sequel mixes it up with a getaway boat and helicopter.
  • A string of side missions in Sleeping Dogs has Wei being a getaway driver for Calvin whenever he does something outrageous, like, oh I don't know, detonating a bomb at the police station while standing in front of it. The second time Wei does it, he tells Calvin that if he's going to keep pulling shit like that, he needs to learn to drive.

  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Replace robbing a bank with the seemingly empty old building you are looting turning out to be filled with deadly monsters, and you can easily have your Designated Driver turn into this trope.

    Western Animation 
  • The Legend of Korra has one of Toph's daughters being this for two criminals. (It sealed the rift between Lin and Suyin.)
  • A Robot Chicken sketch has a group of robbers hiring Toad to be their getaway driver.
  • An episode of Spongebob Squarepants has a criminal using SpongeBob as a getaway driver by pretending to be his new driving instructor. In this case, the criminal is the one in real danger.
  • 'Teen Titans Go!: In "Driver's Ed", Robin takes up driver's ed after his license is suspended, but fails to realize that his instructor Ed is a bank robber using him as a getaway driver.